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Clara Bog Visitor Centre

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Clara Bog Visitor Centre

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Ana L wrote a review Jul. 2020
Navan, Ireland2,367 contributions697 helpful votes
Unfortunately, the bog track is only 1 km track, so I would recommend to go to Lough Boora Discovery Park instead, to get a feeling of what a bog looks like. This is still a nice area to come for a short walk, and bring your kids, and enjoy the environment.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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John M wrote a review Nov. 2019
Lyon, France1,570 contributions329 helpful votes
The opening of the €2.1 million Clara Bog Visitor Centre was the final official public engagement of Mr Brian Cowen, as Taoiseach (Prime minister) of Ireland in his hometown of Clara, Offaly. The centre contains both an indoor (an interactive exhibition space, and an interestign short film) and outdoor activities/facilities, including a cycling and walking trail, comprising a 1 km looped wooden boardwalk trail and a self-guided heritage trail. Admission to both the Visitor Centre and the Nature Reserve, located a 2 minute drive away, is free to all. The bog is accessed by track from the car park on its eastern edge. For us the highlight was this open raised bog, one of the best examples of a raised bog in Western Europe – peat extraction is now forbidden to keep the remainder of the bog intact. We visited in October when the foliage and heather was mainly brown, but the wild landscape becomes very colourful and fragrant over late spring and summer. This is also a habitat for many birds (skylark, curlew and merlin) and the sphagnum mosses are visible below the water surface of the bog pools – these mosses are said to keep the bog alive. Visitors to the Nature Reserve are recommended to wear waterproof footwear and remain on the boardwalk.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Katherine A wrote a review Dec. 2018
San Diego, California54 contributions32 helpful votes
This was a little gem of a place. Note that the visitor center is a mile or so away from the bog itself. Plan to see the center (don't skip the movie), talk to the staff, maybe have lunch in town, and then go out to the bog. The bog has a large raised walkway loop that you can wander around and see the various plants (and animals if you're lucky). This is something you can't really see anywhere else. Museums and bars are great, but take the opportunity to see something unique. Do the bog.
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Date of experience: July 2018
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1hanna2017 wrote a review Sep. 2018
Auckland Central, New Zealand5 contributions1 helpful vote
Excellent venue, very informative staff. Beautiful walk on the trackway through the bog. A really peaceful place.
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Date of experience: August 2018
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Kevin O wrote a review Oct. 2017
Midlands164 contributions40 helpful votes
Informative visitor's center with a great documentary film - not to be missed. The center gives the visitor an overview of the formation of the bogs as well as the plant, insect and animal life that inhabit the peatlands. Great educational facility for children as well as adults who have an interest in the develop of this unique landscape.
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Date of experience: August 2017
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